Directed by John Musker and Ron Clements, Disney’s ‘Moana’ to feature music from Tony-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, Grammy-winning composer Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa’I, founder and lead singer of the award-winning world music band Te Vaka.
Dwayne Johnson (San Andreas, Furious 7, HBO’s Ballers), who lends his voice to the mighty demi-god Maui in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Moana, hit the stage at D23 EXPO 2015 this afternoon.
Directors John Musker and Ron Clements (The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Frog, Aladdin), and producer Osnat Shurer (Oscar-nominated Pixar shorts One Man Band, Boundin’) shared some early test footage and revealed plans for the film’s music and the extraordinary team behind it.
Tony-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Broadway’s Hamilton and In the Heights), Grammy-winning composer Mark Mancina (Speed, Tarzan The Lion King) and Opetaia Foa’i (founder and lead singer of the world music award-winning band Te Vaka) blend their diverse and dynamic talents to help tell the tale of a spirited teenager who sets out to prove herself a master wayfinder. Foa’i capped the presentation with a show-stopping performance illustrating the magic of the movie’s music.
Here’s the official synopsis:
In the ancient South Pacific world of Oceania, Moana, a born navigator, sets sail in search of a fabled island. During her incredible journey, she teams up with her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, to traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds and ancient folklore.
Moana sails into U.S. theaters on November 23, 2016.
Source: Walt Disney Studios